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11.10: Oesophagus

The oesophagus transports food to the stomach. Food is moved along the oesophagus, as it is along the small and large intestines, by contraction of the smooth muscles in the walls that push the food along rather like toothpaste along a tube. This movement is called peristalsis (see diagram 11.8).

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Diagram 11.8 - Peristalsis

Contributors

  • Ruth Lawson (Otago Polytechnic; Dunedin, New Zealand)